Barbara Mennel

Rothman Chair and Director, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere
Associate Professor


Barbara Mennel

Associate Professor Barbara Mennel is the Rothman Chair and Director of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere at UF. She holds a joint appointment in the German Studies section of Language, Literatures, and Cultures, and in the English Department where she is associated with the Film Studies Program and the Feminisms, Genders, & Sexualities track. Her research interests include transnational cinematic practices, feminist and queer theory, and the intersection of urban studies and film studies. At UF, she has been awarded the University of Florida Foundation Research Professorship (2018-21) and the Waldo W. Neikirk Professorship (2014-20). She is author of four books: Women at Work in Twenty-first Century European Cinema (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, forthcoming January 2019), Queer Cinema: Schoolgirls, Vampires, and Gay Cowboys (Wallflower and Columbia University Press, 2012, translated into French as Le Cinéma queer with L'Arche, 2013), Cities and Cinema (Routledge, 2008, second and revised edition under contract and manuscript completed), and The Representation of Masochism and Queer Desire in Film and Literature (Palgrave, 2007). With Jaimey Fisher she has co-edited the volume Spatial Turns: Space, Place, and Mobility in German Literature and Visual Culture (Brill, 2010) and with Sabine Hake the collection Turkish German Cinema in the New Millennium: Sites, Sounds, and Screens (Berghahn, 2012). She has published articles in Camera Obscura, Germanic Review, Modern Austrian Literature, New German Critique, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Studies in Twentieth Century Literature, and Women in German Yearbook. During the academic year 2016-17, she was a Marie Sklodowska-Curie FCFP Senior Fellow at FRIAS, the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Study in Freiburg, Germany.

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